Bantwal: Anant Kumar Hegde, member of the Lok Sabha from Uttar Kannada (Canara) constituency, had reportedly made a hateful remark about Islam at a media meet at Sirsi on Sunday.
It was reported in the media that he said that as long as Islam existed in the world, it would not be possible to eradicate terrorism.
Now a complaint has been filed against the MP in the town police station here. Luqman Bantwal, vice president of the DK district youth, has stated that the outburst had hurt the religious sensibilities of the Muslim community.
He has urged the police to book Hegde under IPC sections 153(A), 295(A) and 502(2) and initiate legal action against him.
Other Congress leaders including Abbas Ali, Sadashiva Bangera, Padmanabha Naringana, A B Abdulla, Shafi Kalladka, Madhusudan Shenoy, Siddiq Guddeangadi, Sharif Aladi, Muhammed Nandavara and Yusuf Karandadi were present on the occasion.
Shock and outrage
State health and family welfare minister U T Khader called on home minister Dr G Parameshwar on Monday and urged him to suo motu take up legal proceedings against Hegde. He said that the MP might have uttered such derogatory words for the sake of cheap publicity.
But while holding a responsible position of a Lok Sabha member, Hegde should have realized the possible ill-effects of such outbursts, he said.
Dakshina Kannda district qazi Twaka Ahmed Musliyar, Muslim Central Committee president K S Muhammed Masood, Muslim Merchants’ Association president Ali Hassan and many others have condemned the MP’s statement and have demanded strict action against him.